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cause of constrictive pericarditis

A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Jost
35 years experience Cardiology
See below: Viral and bacterial infection, inflammation due to collagen vascular disease.

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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Jost
35 years experience Cardiology
Venous Pressure: There is increased venous pressure because the venous return is impaired.
Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience General Surgery
Congestion: The venous flow from ivc and hepatic veins is pressurized and liver congestion occurs. The liver is a large collection of cells and veins!
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Stern
45 years experience Cardiology
Passive congestion: High right sided pressures caused by the constiction cause blood pressue in the hepatic vein to be high, causing the liver to swell from passive conge ... Read More
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Dr. Howard Rubin
46 years experience Cardiology
Constrictive pericar: Causes a decrease of inflow of blood into the right atrium and right ventricle so blood backs up into the liver.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jerry Routh
45 years experience Internal Medicine
No: Elevated right ventricular systolic pressure occurs when blood backs up into the lungs in conditions like congestive heart failure or mitral stenosis ... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bart Denys
38 years experience Cardiology
Pericarditis: Constrictive pericarditis involves stiffening/thickening/hardening of the pericardium or "heart sack". This can be caused by many disease processes. C ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
30 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Infections and other: This is a stiffening of the normally pliable sac that holds the heart. Infections in the fluid around the heart, and scarring conditions that have no ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
32 years experience Cardiology
Depends on severity: Severe constrictive pericardiris can be treated with surgery called a pericardiotomy where they strip off the sack around the heart to relieve the con ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
30 years experience Cardiology
Cath/MRI: Constrictive pericarditis can be suggested by findings on physical exam, chest x-ray and echocardiogram. A cardiac catheterization can provide more co ... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Scar formation: Scar formation in the sac enclosing the heart leads to constriction of the heart and interfere with the pumping function. It causes back-up of blood ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
32 years experience Cardiology
Varies: Can range from mild shortness of breathe with exertion to flash pulmonay edema and florid heart failure.

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